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From selling ‘Johny cakes’ to earning doctorate and becoming diplomat: Belizean ambassador tells her story in Taiwan

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Posted: Saturday, May 8, 2021. 11:59 am CST.

By Zoila Palma: Ambassador of Belize to Taiwan, Candice Pitts shared her success story in Taiwan.

As a child, Dr. Pitts helped her mom sell johnnycakes on the streets of Belize City.

Dr. Pitts spent her early years in Port Loyola and she dreamed of becoming an Attorney but her journey led her to being elected for City Councilor and now, a diplomat.

“Fortunately, I am one of those people who have been exposed to opportunities and so I have been able to transcend the life (I had) in Port Loyola,” she said in an interview in Taiwan.

During her free time as a child, Dr. Pitts would educate herself and applied for scholarships to reach her goals.

“I was maybe 5 years old. My uncle came to visit us around Christmas. I remembered he brought my female cousins dolls, and he brought me three collections of books,” she said.

After finishing her Doctoral degree, Dr. Pitts taught in the US before returning home to teach at the University of Belize.

Then, in 2018, she ran and won as councillor in the Belize City Council.

She then ran for general elections which she lost but the party, PUP won.

Belize’s new Prime Minister, John Briceño appointed her to be the country’s ambassador to Taiwan.

“When I was informed that I would become the ambassador to Taiwan, it was a big deal, you know, because you are the ambassador to a significant ally of your country,” said Dr. Pitts.

“I am really (here) to foster the relationship between Belize and Taiwan, and to avail myself to the president, to the government of Taiwan, to the people of Taiwan, be at their disposal to act whatever I can to ensure that.”

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